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Battle Over Soquel Project Gets Loud

Vocal neighborhood opponents turned out at a discussion of a Project Homekey project on the border of Aptos, Soquel and Capitola, but so did fervent fans of affordable housing. That project would add 36 units to an area that is unaccustomed to growth.

(June 29, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report
Downtown Library Vote Moves Toward November Ballot

County Clerk Tricia Webber has confirmed that 4,912 of the signatures gathered by Our Downtown, Our Future are valid. Now, critics of Santa Cruz’s downtown library project can place their concerns before voters.

(June 15, 2022) → Read the full Lookout Local report

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Council split on city’s deal for Measure U extension, asks for own measure

WATSONVILLE—In a special meeting as unpredictable as it was tense, Watsonville City Council could not come to a consensus on a deal that would have made a minor alteration to a critical ballot measure for the Nov. 8 election. The …


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SV Council Defers Half a Million in Fees for Hotel

With building costs soaring, in order to get shovels in the ground, the owner of a previously-approved Marriott project in Scotts Valley looked to the city council for a break on the fee timeline.


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Santa Cruz City Council advances plan to reshape downtown

Expansion would add housing, connections to beach, new Warriors arena


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Animal habitat lawsuit stalls UCSC housing projects

Students pushed off campus, some to their cars.


Image caption: A railroad bridge on the Santa Cruz Branch Line as seen from Manresa State Beach in South Santa Cruz County.
Why I Oppose the Greenway Initiative

Three California transportation leaders explain why Measure D will ultimately kill much-needed rail service and slow progress on the Santa Cruz Rail Trail.


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City Council solidifies new development fee for public art

The Watsonville City Council at its Tuesday night meeting solidified its decision to implement a new fee on development projects that would fund the arts in Watsonville. Soon, developers seeking to create commercial and residential projects will have to pay …


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Ground Broken on SLVHS’ Tech-Ed Buildings

The SLV Unified School District is beginning construction on a pair of buildings to teach advanced robotics and agricultural skills in an effort to give students a leg up in fast-growing fields.


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Group to file complaint against Watsonville housing project

WATSONVILLE—A group is planning to file a complaint to the California Attorney General’s Office against the city of Watsonville and the County of Santa Cruz for advancing a housing project that they say will create an environmental hazard for its …


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‘Embarrassing’: Planning commissioners accuse staff of ‘counting votes’

In a bizarre ending to a Tuesday night public meeting that puzzled and agitated a majority of the Watsonville Planning Commission, the body gave no recommendation on whether a Watsonville charter school should be allowed to continue to operate in …


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Circle Church housing group expects demolition by summer

Final map will need Santa Cruz City Council approval.


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